Lag Tower

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Alternative Names Lag Castle
Site Type TOWER HOUSE
Canmore ID 65085
Site Number NX88NE 7
NGR NX 8802 8618
Council DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY
Parish DUNSCORE
Former Region DUMFRIES AND GALLOWAY
Former District NITHSDALE
Former County DUMFRIES-SHIRE
Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Archaeological Notes

NX88NE 7 8802 8618.

(NX 8802 8618) Lag Tower (NR)
(Remains of)
OS 6" map (1957)

Remains of an apparently 16th century tower 29 ft x 6 in by 25 ft, the ground floor walls, 5 ft 10 in, thick. There are three storeys above the basement, and a wheel- staircase rises to the right of the entrance, which is in the S wall. A wall runs for 38 ft from the NW angle and returns southwards 27 ft to an arched gateway 6 ft wider. Against the walls in the courtyard are traces of out-buildings.
RCAHMS 1920

Home of the Grierson family, the first authenticated record is of Gilbert in 14thc (P J Hamilton-Grierson 1916) and in a document of 1545 'John Greorsoun of the Lag' is mentioned (Reg Sec Sig Reg Scot).
(Undated) information in NMRS.

Lag Tower is generally as described. There is however no trace of an arched gateway.
Surveyed at 1/2500.
Visited by OS (BS) 5 June 1975.

 
Books and References

Hamilton-Grierson, P J (1916) 'Notes on the early history of the parish church of Dunscore, the incumbents and the parishioners', Trans Dumfriesshire Galloway Natur Hist Antiq Soc, 3rd, vol.4
Page(s): 38

MacGibbon and Ross, D and T (1887-92) The castellated and domestic architecture of Scotland from the twelfth to the eighteenth centuries, 5v Edinburgh
Page(s): Vol.3 p396 Held at RCAHMS F.5.21.MAC

Maxwell-Irving, A M T (2000) The Border towers of Scotland: their history and architecture: the West March, [S.l.]
Page(s): 182-4 Figs 271-3 Held at RCAHMS F.5.21.MAX

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